Other Literary Forms
Milan Kundera began his literary career as a poet, playwright, and critic before turning to short fiction. In the late 1960’s, he began devoting himself almost exclusively to long fiction, publishing several highly acclaimed novels and a miscellany, L’Art du roman (1986; The Art of the Novel, 1988), as well as a dramatic “variation” on a favorite eighteenth century novel, entitled Jacques et son maître: Hommage à Denis Diderot (pr. 1970; Jacques and His Master, 1985). With director Jaromil Jires, he wrote a screenplay, adapted from his first novel ert (1967; The Joke, 1969).